Coronavirus-free Tunisia looking to attract tourism

Tunisia is set to become the first country in North Africa to reopen its borders following the Covid-19 crisis but the nation is, like many others, divided between keeping the economy buoyant against concerns over the possibility of a second wave of the virus. After a three-month lockdown, Tunisia has recorded zero local cases for almost a month and will be the first nation in the … Continue reading Coronavirus-free Tunisia looking to attract tourism

Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for the first time in modern history, Covid-19 infections surge up

Saudi Arabia’s authorities are considering cancelling the Haj season for the first time since the establishment of the Kingdom in 1932 after the number of coronavirus infections exceeded 100,000, a senior official in the Saudi Ministry of Haj and Umrah said. “The case has been carefully studied and various scenarios are being considered. A formal decision will be taken within a week,” the official said. Coronavirus … Continue reading Saudi Arabia considers cancelling Haj for the first time in modern history, Covid-19 infections surge up

US releases Iranian doctor in prisoner swap

An Iranian-American doctor released from a US jail as part of a prisoner swap has flown back to Tehran. Majid Taheri, an Iranian-American who had been working at a clinic in Tampa, Florida, had been detained in the United States for 16 months. He was accused of violating US sanctions and financial reporting requirements. Upon his arrival officials and relatives greeted him at the airport. … Continue reading US releases Iranian doctor in prisoner swap

Condolences from Netanyahu, a week after police kill autistic Palestinian

 More than a week after Israeli police shot dead an unarmed and autistic Palestinian in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday called the killing a tragedy and offered his condolences to the family. Iyad al-Halaq, 32, was killed during a police chase in Jerusalem’s Old City on May 30. A police spokesman said at the time officers suspected he was carrying a weapon. The … Continue reading Condolences from Netanyahu, a week after police kill autistic Palestinian

5 Coronavirus Patients Die In Bangladesh Hospital Fire

Five coronavirus patients died in a hospital fire in the Bangladesh capital Dhaka on Wednesday, a fire service official said. It was not immediately clear what caused the fire, said Zillur Rahman, a fire service director. Firefighters extinguished the flames in about an hour, he said. Five bodies were recovered from the makeshift isolation unit of the United Hospital treating COVID-19 patients, he added The … Continue reading 5 Coronavirus Patients Die In Bangladesh Hospital Fire

Eid payer in Nigeria

Nigeria: Scores attend mass Eid prayers despite warning

Muslims in Nigeria performed Eid al-Fitr prayers on Sunday amid the threat of coronavirus, and despite the warnings against mass gatherings. Boss Mustapha, head of the presidential team on COVID-19, warned against gathering of worshippers for Eid ul Fitr, which marks the end of the Muslim holy month of Ramadan. “Gathering for Eid prayers at this time may affect the gains we have recorded in … Continue reading Nigeria: Scores attend mass Eid prayers despite warning

Al-Aqsa mosque to reopen for worship after Eid-ul-Fitr holidays

Masjid Al-Aqsa, the third holiest site in Islam will reopen to worshipers after the Eid-ul-Fitr holidays. Two months after closing due to the coronavirus pandemic, following a statement from its governing body on Tuesday, “The council decided to lift the suspension on worshipers entering the blessed Al-Aqsa Mosque after the Eid al-Fitr holiday,” a statement from the Waqf organisation said, referring to the three-day holiday … Continue reading Al-Aqsa mosque to reopen for worship after Eid-ul-Fitr holidays

A different Eid – Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr 2020

This year Eid-ul-Fitr was unique and different. For one, it was on the same day around the world, only the third time in the last 30 years that has happened. And Secondly, in a lot of countries Muslims were urged to celebrate the Islamic festival of Eid at home under lockdown this weekend. Traditionally the festival at the end of the month of Ramadan is … Continue reading A different Eid – Muslims Celebrate Eid-ul-Fitr 2020